Our “Welcome to the Internet!” email went out a while ago to all those registered for The Internet Course. It was meant to be intimidating, but hopefully not too intimidating. More like the scene above than Ben Hur (YT). We’re not like the others. We’re your friends. Except we’d put the hitch-hiker up front in the driver’s seat. We give the class a lot of responsibility, which can translate into a lot of work, but so far the classes have reported enjoying it and getting a lot out of it. We don’t run this like the classes most people are used to, so it might seem unsettling. That’s a good thing though.
We’re planning on building off the same basic skeleton we used in the Spring, with some minor tweaks. But where it ends up going will be determined largely by the students. That’s pretty exciting. Through the past two iterations, students have taken things in directions that I would not have expected, like an in-depth look at ARPANET, and directions that I never would have thought of, like a Google map of the internet’s impacts.